24 mai 2006

Mind blowing



New Zealand

Lamb – Photo from my company’s website


My camera has been malfunctioning for a few weeks and I was waiting to have the problem fixed to start posting again. But today I really need to tell about my yesterday's mind blowing experience.

My boss gave me a lamb rack yesterday. - Some companies reward their employees with stock options and sport cars…. I got a whole rack of lamb - . I was both delighted and puzzled. Lamb racks are quite in fashion here in New Zealandbut I never had a chance to cook one myself. So, how to cook it?

From what I read, crusts seem to be the way to go: blend nuts and herbs, coat the meat and oven bake it. It sounds easy enough, however, crusts do not flavour the meat. They just sit on top and add texture.

I came up with an experimental plan: create a marinade that would be thick enough to coat the meat and stick to it in the over.

Back in my kitchen, I blended fresh rosemary (thank you so much Barbara), fresh mint, a pinch of salt, olive oil, a few cloves of garlic and toasted pine nuts to texturise. The paste was thick and delightfully fragrant. I knew I was on the right track.

I coated all sides of the meat and placed in the fridge for an hour to marinate. Then I placed it into moderate over for 20 minutes, increasing the heat for the last 5 minutes. I left the meat out of the oven for a good 5 minutes to finish cooking in its own juice and I sliced it.

The meat was slightly pink and tender. The marinade tasted just as heavenly as I smelt. It was delightful. Every single mouthful was a fireworks of flavour, the meat was soft and melting. I even woke up in the middle of the night thinking about lamb racks. A new food obsession is born.

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    Love it! What a great marinade, I will adapt it for my next lamb session! Brava!

    Posté par ilva, 24 mai 2006 à 20:05 | | Répondre
  • Glad to see you posting again! Gorgeous dish and what a nice gift from your boss! Who needs stock options!

    Posté par Ivonne, 25 mai 2006 à 05:04 | | Répondre
  • I love lamb racks. They are so expensive to buy to be given one is like being given a sports car!!

    Posté par barbara, 27 mai 2006 à 09:59 | | Répondre
  • Yes!! Don't stay away so long, we missed you. Well, my goodness, I wish someone would give me a rack of lamb. It sounds wonderful.

    Posté par sher, 29 mai 2006 à 03:39 | | Répondre
  • Thank you - I am still mouthwatering when I think about these. they were so gorgeous. The marinade was good but the quality of the meat was exceptionnal!!!

    Ilva: Let me know when you prepare the marinade. I am looking forward to finding out the special twist(s) you will add to it

    Ivonne: Thank you. Last month my boss gave me some Japanese salami. I wished I had stock options then because it wasn't good at all.

    Barbara: I will let you know next time my boss orders some. I may be able to get some

    Sher: Thank you. I wish I could be over here more often too. I cannot blog that much but I certainly did not stop cooking and experimenting.

    Posté par Céline, 30 mai 2006 à 14:21 | | Répondre
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